Stephanie Lenchard-Warren, also known as SLW, is a contemporary artist whose work explores the self in nature as well as the nature within the self. She is known for her expressive figurative work incorporating natural materials, such as charcoal, ink, oil paint, and bare wood.
Enamored by the natural world around her, Stephanie began making art inspired by her interaction with nature and animals at a very young age. Born with a form of synesthesia that causes her to feel colors, SLW’s process has always been guided in vivid spectrums of emotion. Stephanie attended the Art Institute of Chicago's Early College Program at the age of 16 and holds a BFA in Painting and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she also independently studied botany, totems, Native American cultures, animal behavior, and biology.
Drawing from symbolisms and totems, psychological and biological science, stories old and new, and her own experiences, Stephanie’s work underscores our inherent connections with nature and the roles animal personas and landscapes play in our identities. Her work displays how intuition, symbolism, and understanding intersect to embody an empowering spiritual rendering of our natures, and the great web of life we are all connected by.
SLW lives with her wolfish dog, Cobalt, in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can follow their adventures on Instagram.